Gulfstream: American Chamber Music by Larsen, Lieuwen, Schickele, Copland / enhake

Audio Samples

>Larsen, Libby : Rodeo Queen of Heaven, for clarinet, violin, cello & piano
>Lieuwen, Peter : Gulfstream, for clarinet, violin, cello & piano
>Schickele, Peter : Quartet for clarinet, violin, cello & piano
>Copland, Aaron : Sextet, for clarinet, piano & string quartet (arr. of Symphony no 2)

Album Summary

>Larsen, Libby : Rodeo Queen of Heaven, for clarinet, violin, cello & piano
>Lieuwen, Peter : Gulfstream, for clarinet, violin, cello & piano
>Schickele, Peter : Quartet for clarinet, violin, cello & piano
>Copland, Aaron : Sextet, for clarinet, piano & string quartet (arr. of Symphony no 2)
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Libby Larsen's Rodeo Queen of Heaven takes its inspiration from religious iconography given a contemporary twist - a painting of a Madonna with gun - in a rhythmically vivacious tableau. Peter Lieuwen presents an aural portrait of the Gulfstream, fusing grace with melodic fragments in a nature depiction rich in depth. Peter Schickele's Quartet is profuse in syncopation, jazz, folk music and a melancholy that only heightens the brilliance of the finale's off-kilter dynamism. Copland's Sextet began life as his Second Symphony but, pared down, proves utterly idiomatic, vital, melodically exciting and bracing. A staunch advocate of new music, enhake (Wonkak Kim, clarinet; M. Brent Williams, violin; Jayoung Kim, cello; Eun-Hee Park, piano) collaborates with leading composers such as Libby Larsen, Peter Lieuwen, and Edward Knight, who have written for and/or dedicated music to the group.

Fanfare
Enhake is a fine quartet of musicians that has made quite a name for itself, it's no wonder, for this is playing of the very highest caliber. Wonkak Kim produces a clarinet tone as buttery-smooth as any I've heard, beautifully balanced and blended over its entire range, with no audible breaks between registers and not a breath intake to be heard. M. Brent Williams's violin and Jayoung Kim's cello are equally well matched to each other and to Wonkak's clarinet. Individually, and as an ensemble, Enhake plays with perfect intonation and musically expressive articulation. Corinne Stillwell and Pamela Ryan add their own special flair to Enhake's smart and classy style in a remarkably adroit performance of Copland's tricky Sextet.There is much to discover and enjoy on this latest entry in Naxos's American Classics series, and I highly recommend it.

Fanfare
Larsen... uses this opportunity to combine the music of an ancient Latin Mass in honor of the Virgin Mary with modern harmonies and rhythms. ... hers is a strikingly original piece that invites controversy. Peter Lieuwen's Gulfstream is his calm and well thought-out musical interpretation of the current that warms much of the coast of Northwestern Europe. Musically, the most interesting work is the Peter Schickele. His music is always accessible and often melodic, but his style is completely his own. brings to a fitting close this interesting survey of 20th and early 21st century chamber music.... resulting sound is excellent.

Fanfare
Peter Schickele's quartet is the most pleasant surprise for these ears... The substantial four-movement piece is a delight from start to finish... This one can stand up to any of them, sporting lithe and buoyant, tightly focused sound, combined with subtly expressive lyricism during slower sections.

Classical Music Sentinel
The Larsen was commissioned by the members of enhake, and its frenetic and nervous energy serves to emphasize this ensemble's tight and rapid-fire delivery. The Lieuwen work... with its flowing forward momentum underpinned by a dark and shifting undercurrent brings out these musicians more expressive and emotional qualities. It is at times melancholy, at times jazzy, dark, tongue in cheek, nostalgic and strangely evocative. A challenging work in all respects, be they musical or technical, but nothing that this group of musicians can't handle with panache.Wonkak Kim slips into that role effortlessly, always leading the way where necessary, or taking on the task of being the music's main backbone.

Classical Voice of North Carolina (cvnc.org)
The performance is outstanding, highly polished and smooth-flowing. The sound quality is excellent ...

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Opperman Music Hall, Florida State University School Of (05/10/2010-05/14/2010).



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Works Details

>Larsen, Libby : Rodeo Queen of Heaven, for clarinet, violin, cello & piano
  • Ensemble: enhake
  • Notes: Opperman Music Hall, Florida State University School Of Music, FL (05/10/2010-05/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Lieuwen, Peter : Gulfstream, for clarinet, violin, cello & piano
  • Ensemble: enhake
  • Notes: Opperman Music Hall, Florida State University School Of Music, FL (05/10/2010-05/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Schickele, Peter : Quartet for clarinet, violin, cello & piano
  • Ensemble: enhake
  • Notes: Opperman Music Hall, Florida State University School Of Music, FL (05/10/2010-05/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1982

>Copland, Aaron : Sextet, for clarinet, piano & string quartet (arr. of Symphony no 2)
  • Performers: Corinne Stillwell (Violin); Pamela Ryan (Viola)
  • Ensemble: enhake
  • Notes: Opperman Music Hall, Florida State University School Of Music, FL (05/10/2010-05/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1937